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Strings wins IBMA's biggest honor

Thursday, September 30, 2021 – Billy Strings won the biggest honor - Entertainer of the Year - at the 32nd International Bluegrass Music Association Music Awards on Thursday.

Strings, a guitar ace from Michigan now living in Nashville, also won Guitar Player of the Year.

Previously announced inductees into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame were Alison Krauss, bandleader/banjoist Lynn Morris, and early bluegrass influencers the Stoneman Family, who were honored during the show.

The recipients of the 2021 IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards:

Vocal Group of the Year - Sister Sadie

Instrumental Group of the Year: Appalachian Road Show

Song of the Year: "Richest Man" – Balsam Range (artist), Jim Beavers/Jimmy Yeary/Connie Harrington (songwriters), Balsam Range (producer), Mountain Home Records (label)

Album of the Year: Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy – Various Artists, Joe Mullins (producers), Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (label)

Gospel Recording of the Year (tie):
"After While" – Dale Ann Bradley (artist), Public Domain, Dale Ann Bradley (producer), Pinecastle Records (label)
"In the Resurrection Morning" – Sacred Reunion featuring Doyle Lawson, Vince Gill, Barry Abernathy, Tim Stafford, Mark Wheeler, Jim VanCleve, Phil Leadbetter, Jason Moore (artists), Mark Wheeler (songwriter), Barry Abernathy, Jim VanCleve (producers), Dottie Leonard Miller (Executive Producer), Billy Blue Records (label)

Instrumental Recording of the Year: "Ground Speed" – Kristin Scott Benson, Skip Cherryholmes, Jeremy Garrett, Kevin Kehrberg, Darren Nicholson (artists), Earl Scruggs (songwriter), Jon Weisberger (producer), Mountain Home Music (label)

New Artist of the Year: Appalachian Road Show

Collaborative Recording of the Year: "White Line Fever" – Bobby Osborne with Tim O'Brien, Trey Hensley, Sierra Hull, Stuart Duncan, Todd Phillips, Alison Brown (artists), Merle Haggard/Jeff Tweedy (songwriters) Alison Brown, Garry West (producers), Compass Records (label)

Female Vocalist of the Year: Dale Ann Bradley

Male Vocalist of the Year (Tie): Danny Paisley and Del McCoury

Banjo Player of the Year: Scott Vestal

Bass Player of the Year: Missy Raines

Resophonic Guitar Player of the Year: Justin Moses

Fiddle Player of the Year: Bronwyn Keith-Hynes

Mandolin Player of the Year: Sierra Hull

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CD reviews

CD review - Renewal It's just like Billy Strings to have a song title that reads like a heavy metal track ("Hellbender") for a tune that sounds like traditional bluegrass music. When it comes to creating music, though, the phrase, 'It's all good,' actually applies to Strings – for once. "Renewal" is over an hour of music, and is (mostly) bluegrass – at heart – but not just bluegrass music. "Hide And Seek" is one of the most complicated recordings, ...
CD review - Home As befits the reigning IBMA Guitar Player of the Year, Billy Strings' second full release, "Home" displays his guitar-playing range. But, there is much more to the fellow that rages through live shows, and those qualities are displayed on "Home." Strings (born William Apostol) lives up to his nom de guerre. Electric, acoustic 6- or 12-string guitar provide the ingredients for his work, and his guitar work is mostly, although not always, delivered at a breakneck tempo, ...
CD review - Turmoil & Tinfoil Billy Strings. It takes a lot of nerve to adopt such a nom de plume (in this case nom de guerre might be more appropriate) in the bluegrass world, but Billy Strings is up to the challenge, and more. Strings (real name William Apostol) grew up in Michigan, surrounded by musicians. A fourth-generation picker, he lives up to his name. Preternaturally talented, Strings embraces bluegrass instrumentation, but brings a powerful energy to his music. He's one of those musicians who packs a fuse and ...

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